OUR mission statement

MADE ON THE LEFT was founded in 2008 by independent designers to support Western Australian creative talent. We hold bi-annual handmade craft markets to showcase local designers.

Being on the left hand side of Australia no longer

means you'll be at a disadvantage.

Our aim is to support all creative designers and events showcasing independent labels. MOTL is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation. You may wonder why we promote other markets besides MOTL; it’s because it’s not about us, its about you; the buyers and sellers of indie wares. Here at the blog, you’ll discover up to date information about our latest market, the low-down on some of Perth’s emerging talents, other opportunities for artists and designers and a little bit of fun stuff too. It’s all right here… welcome!

Thursday, April 23

RAW Perth presents EXPOSURE

On Thursday, 30th April Exposure will bring together 30+ local emerging artists spanning fashion, music, visual and performing arts, music and more for a one night extravaganza at Rosemount Hotel in North Perth. Exposure is the first of five emerging arts showcases to be run by RAW Perth in 2015 and this first showcase is packed wall to wall with Perth's best emerging creatives.

When: Thursday, 30th April // Doors open at 7:00pm

Where: Rosemount Hotel, 459 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth

How: Tickets are $16.50 (+bf) and are available through www.RAWartists.org/perth/exposure or $20 on the door.

Wednesday, April 22

Bassendean goes arty with 'Open'

The Town of Bassendean will once again showcase their creative townsfolk and celebrate art in all its forms. ‘Open’ is a day of open studios, creative workshops, exhibitions, installations and more. It’s all happening on Sunday 3rd May, 10am - 4pm in various locations throughout the suburbs of Bassendean, Ashfield, and Eden Hill.

More than 50 artists have registered their involvement, there will be 4 creative workshops, 8 exhibitions/displays and a design market.

Made on the Left stallholders Enid Twiglet and Sally Ridge Illustration will be there offering an embroidery workshop and pet portraits.

Download the brochure for more information or contact the Cultural Development Officer on 9377 8000 or email mail@bassendean.wa.gov.au.

Wednesday, March 25

Easter Goodie Gift Guide

Christmas doesn't seem that long ago and now Easter is right around the corner! I have put together a selection of goodies to treat yourself or others. Included are a range of products that you can pick up at WA markets or online. Be sure to check out the links!
1. Spool Courture has these amazing little dresses for children with printed patterns on them that can be coloured in with washable markers meaning they can be coloured differently after each wash! Find these dresses online here http://www.spoolcouture.com.au/
2. Alexibelle has created these adorable bunny toys in a range of patterns. Find these available on her Madeit store https://madeit.com.au/Main/Item?itemId=1053589
3. SELF Organics has a selection of delicious sounding soy candles to treat yourself with. http://www.selforganics.com/product/self-organics-natural-soy-wax-wood-wick-candles
4. The GiftBOOtique found on Facebook has a range of sweet kids clothing and toys. Depicted above is an adorable heard of little lamb toys! Do check them out
5. Pip & Printer has a sweet range of plant bags to brighten up your house. These are made with the environment in mind and come in different sizes. Find them in her online store http://www.pipandprinter.com/products
6. Sally Ridge doesn't just do special pet portraits but also has some amazing prints available in her Etsy shop. The print above is of Henry Hare with a sailor's hat on! https://www.etsy.com/listing/221921464/henry-hare-print?ref=shop_home_active_22
7. Truffles by Trish has an assortment of truffles at her normal stalls but now has solid Easter rabbits and crackle road solid eggs available for order. Check out her Facebook page to find out how to order! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Truffles-by-Trish/140662466134282?fref=ts

Last little goodies for Easter that you should consider:
These sweet little ceramic flowers by BronsCeramics found on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/225913462/ceramic-flowers-10-small-only-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_3
And these colourful kids bracelets by ilyas honey. http://www.ilyashoney.com/7/jewellery-shop/16-Kids-Collection

I hope that has gotten some ideas going. Look out for more gift guides in the future!

Thursday, March 19

52 Week Illustration Challenge exhibition

The 52 Week Illustration Challenge commenced in January 2014 with children’s author, Tania McCartney, challenging herself to produce an image per week for 52 weeks. The challenge has since grown to a Facebook group with more than 1800 members from across the globe contributing images on a weekly basis. Themes range from selfies to sandcastles and provide artists with a subject, whilst leaving the creative execution to them. 
The exhibition features one carefully selected piece from each of the 52 themes in 2014. Range of art include: sketches, oil paintings, watercolour and acrylic, coloured pencil, collage, printing (ie collagraphs and gelatine prints) varied digital art, stippling, crosshatching, ink work, line work, clay work, 3D paper crafting, dioramas and even food creations.

This exhibition will be on display from Monday 9 until Friday 27 March 2015 at Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth, 7am - 7pm.

Rockingham Summer Twilight Market

Stallholders wanted for Rockingham Summer Twilight Markets on Friday 27th of March, 4pm to 8pm at Rockingham Foreshore.

Email: markets@streethassle.com.au for an application form and further information.

Tuesday, March 17

Mount Hawthorn Streets and Laneways Festival stallholders wanted

The inaugural 2015 Mount Hawthorn Streets and Laneways Festival is being planned for May 2015. They are looking for expressions of interest from local hand-made artisan stallholders.

When: 12pm - 8pm, Sunday 3rd May.
Cost: 3x3 stalls from $200.
Deadline: applications close 23rd March.
Contact: Email laceincorporated@gmail.com for further information.

Saturday, March 14

Blogger(s) wanted!

Made on the Left is looking for volunteers to help with our blog dedicated to promoting handmade WA design.
We require bloggers for a few different areas:

Gift Guide blogger
It will be your job to collate gift guides comprised of WA made products for various occasions e.g. Mothers Day. It would be useful if you are familiar with WA makers and their products. You will be required to compile the image to accompany the post.

Profile blogger
It will be your job to create posts centred on people in the WA handmade scene. You can email them questions or interview them personally, it's up to you. This would suit someone interested in writing/journalism/photography.

Opportunities blogger
It will be your job to inform WA makers of upcoming opportunities or items of interest e.g. market stallholder callouts, interesting exhibitions, crafty workshops, etc. You will need to make slight edits to text and source or create appropriate accompanying images.

If you are enthusiastic about WA arts and interested in being part of our volunteer team, please email admin@madeontheleft.com with the area(s) you would like to help us with.

Thanks for your support!

About Made on the Left
Made on the Left is a not-for-profit association founded by independent designers in 2008 to support Western Australian creative talent. The association aims to support all WA-based creative designers, artists, craftspeople and independent labels, by sharing information and creating events.

Tuesday, March 10

Sell Your Wares workshop

Come along to the "Sell Your Wares" workshop on Thursday to get some hot tips for starting out in markets.
This workshop is targeted at emerging creatives looking to sell their wares and develop their businesses. It will cover: pricing, marketing, displaying your wares, attracting visitors to your stall, generating further business, target markets and more! Past stallholders have found this workshop incredibly useful to their business and arts practice, so we highly recommend that you attend if you can make it.

WHERE The Blue Room Theatre (53 James Street, Northbridge)
WHEN 12 March 2015
TIME 6:00pm – 8:30pm 
WHO Presented by Made on the Left. Speakers include Little L, Delish Ice, Jacquie Hughes and other special guests!

SIGN UP TODAY! You must register here  to confirm your seat. 

Update: If you couldn't make it on the night, Katie from Delish Ice has shared her talk on her blog: http://delishice.com.au/my-own-experiences-for-your-own-journey/ 

Saturday, March 7

Montage Pop-up Shop opportunity

Montage Collective is excited to announce they will be having another pop-up shop - their 11th! It will be open for one month from the 1st - 30th of April 2015 at 224b William St Northbridge.
Once again, a core group of familiar Montage artists will be exhibiting, joined by 20 guest artists to keep things fresh and inspiring!

If you are based in Perth, make and design your own products and would like to take part as a guest artist, head over here: http://goo.gl/forms/cm3GglqATO and fill in the application. Deadline for applications is Monday 16th of March 2015.

50 cats of Perth project

If you are a cat owner in Perth, here's an exciting opportunity for your beloved puss to be immortalised in watercolour!

One of our stallholders, Eeva Margita, has a new project called "50 cats of Perth". She'll be drawing 50 cat residents of Perth and compiling them into an A3 archival art print. If you live in Perth, WA with a cat, you can apply to be a part of the project! You will need to send 3 photos of your cat. At the end of the project you are welcome to purchase the original painting of your cat for $50, but there is absolutely no obligation to buy. There will also be the option of buying a print of the painting. Click the link for further details: http://www.eevamargita.com/50-cats-of-perth.html